Cord Jefferson's 'American Fiction' Wins People's Choice Award at TIFF 2023

It beat out runners-up 'The Holdovers' and 'The Boy and the Heron'

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BY Alex HudsonPublished Sep 18, 2023

The Toronto International Film Festival has announced the winners of its 2023 edition, with the prestigious People's Choice Award going to director Cord Jefferson for American Fiction.

American Fiction is a satire about a Black novelist, played by Jeffrey Wright, who panders to publishers with a book filled with Black clichés. It beat out runners-up The Holdovers (directed by Alexander Payne) and The Boy and the Heron (directed by Hayao Miyazaki).

The Best Canadian Feature Film Award was won by Sophie Dupuis for the drag drama Solo. The People's Choice Midnight Madness Award was went to Dicks: The Musical, and the People's Choice Documentary Award went to Mr. Dressup: The Magic of Make Believe.

The Short Cuts Award for Best Film went to Daria Kascheeva's short Electra, while the Short Cuts Award for Best Canadian Film was handed to Jasmin Mozaffari's Motherland, and the Share Her Journey prize was earned by Renee Zhan's short Shé (Snake).

Other winners include Tarsem Singh Dhandwar's Dear Jassi (the juried Platform Prize), Meredith Hama-Brown's Seagrass (the Fipresci Prize from international critics), Jayant Digambar's A Match (the Netpac Award, focusing on Asian cinema) and Minhal Baig's We Grown Now (the Changemaker Award, giving $10,000 to the best film exploring social change and youth empowerment).

The Canada Goose Amplify Voices Awards celebrate BIPOC filmmakers. In this section, Kanaval by Henri Pardo won best Canadian film, Tautuktavuk (What We See) by Carol Kunnuk and Lucy Tulugarjuk won best first feature, and producer Damon D'Oliveira won the trailblazer award.

Read all of Exclaim's reviews and coverage from TIFF 2023 here.

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